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Mount Wachusett Community College 

Summer 2012 






Transfer Advantages 

Why starting at MWCC 
is a great idea 

Enrollment & Financial Aid 

The simple steps & FAQs 

Support Service for 
Adult Learners 

Counseling options for you 

Service Learning 

Build your resume through 
civic engagement 

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2 Transfer Advantages for 
Community College Graduates 

Why starting at MWCC is a great idea 


Don't Give Up! 

How to keep your graduation goal on track 

Maintaining Momentum 

Can you stay focused on the big picture? 

6 Demystifying Enrollment & Financial Aid 

Follow these quick steps to get started on your academic degree 

7 Financial Aid FAQs 

Helping you get the money you need for the education you deserve 

8 Work Hard, Play Hard 

Student life enhances your college experience 

1 Adult Learners get the Support they Need 

Whether you're going to college or seeking technical training, 
the IMCEOC can help you get there 

12 Service Learning 

Build your resume through civic engagement 

1 4 Flexible Program Options to Suit Every Interest 

15 What's New for You? 

Programs for those interested in health, broadcasting, 
public safety and automotive technology careers 

1 6 Summer Fun Includes Surf, Sand and Yes, Studies! 

Take a summer class to get ahead 

Alumni Profiles 

3 Nick Colello 

A MWCC graduate who successfully transferred to Fitchburg State 

5 Samuel Githinji, RN 

2011 MWCC graduate gives advice on keeping 
your graduation goals on track 

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Samuel Githinji, RN 
MWCC graduate 2011 

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CareerFocus I Summer 2012 






Transfer Advantages for Community 
College Graduates 

Starting at a community 
college and then 
transferring to a four- 
year public or private 
college or university is 
a common strategy for 
students interested in 
earning a bachelor's 
degree. From teens to adult learners 
and career changers, more students 
are considering the transfer route 
for its many advantages: 

• Low tuition 

• Smaller class sizes 

• Financial aid and scholarships 

• Online choices 

• Transfer agreements with 
public and private colleges and 

• Opportunity to explore academic 
and career options 

Approximately 30 percent of 
Mount Wachusett Community 
College students are enrolled in 
transfer programs. With transfer 
agreements among Massachusetts 
public colleges and universities, as 
well as many private and out-of- 
state colleges, students can start a 
bachelor's degree at MWCC knowing 
their courses will transfer. 

"I chose the Mount because it 
was close by, the tuition was low, 
and because I didn't know which 
direction to go academically. It was 
a great place to start," says Michelle 

With the support she received 
through MWCC's Visions program, 
a TRIO student support services 
program, the mother of three 
gained confidence in her abilities. 
A member of the Phi Theta Kappa 
honor society, Cote earned the 
Visions program's President's Award 
for academic distinction. After 
graduating in 2010 with a degree 
in Liberal Studies, she transferred 
to prestigious Mount Holyoke 
College, the oldest women's college 
in the country, as a Frances Perkins 
Scholar. The generous scholarship 
program is specifically designed 
for community college graduates. 
Cote is on target to graduate with 
a bachelor's degree in English in 
December 2012. 

"I love Mount Holyoke but I still 
miss the Mount," says Cote. The 
support and close-knit community 
she found at MWCC made all the 
difference as she embarked on her 
college career. "Many opportunities 

Michelle Cote 

came my way. More than I ever 

Saving Money 

Attending a community college 
can provide substantial savings. 
For starters, tuition and fees are 
less than four-year institutions. By 
starting and staying at a community 
college through completion of an 
associate degree, students 
can take substantial sums off 
the overall cost of a bachelor's 

Another important, yet often 
overlooked, benefit is scholarship 
opportunities. When students start 
at a community college, they start 
building their college transcript, 
and their academic achievements 
there can lead to scholarship 
opportunities, not only at the 

community college, but at the four- 
year institution as well. 

That was the experience of Austin 
Seppala of Rindge, New Hampshire, 
who enrolled at Mount Wachusett 
Community College after spending 
a semester at a four-year college in 
Idaho. "I came home to re-evaluate 
my options, and decided to attend 
the Mount because it was close to 
home and the price of tuition was 
within my budget," he says. As a 
first-generation college student in 
his family, he also became involved 
with the college's Visions program 
and, through his academic success, 
was inducted into the Alpha Beta 
Gamma business honor society and 
the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. 

After graduating from MWCC in 
2010, Seppala was offered admission 
into three institutions. He decided to 
transfer to Northeastern University 
in Boston, where he received a 
generous scholarship package, and 
is now pursuing a bachelor's degree 
in Business Administration with a 
management concentration. 

"I felt prepared for Northeastern 
because I had already established 
my study skills at the Mount, so it 
was just a matter of transferring 
them to new classes and new 

Dual Enrollment 

One of the academic options growing 
in popularity is dual enrollment. 
At MWCC, there are a variety of 
options that enable high school 
students to earn college credits 
- and even their entire associate 
degree - while simultaneously 
earning their high school diploma. 

The Pathways Early College 
Innovation School, the Gateway 
to College program, grant-funded 
dual enrollment programs that 
allow eligible students to take 
college courses for a mere $30, and 
traditional dual enrollment options 
are among the choices available to 

Karla Correa of Leominster will 
graduate in May from MWCC with 
a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences. 
A month later, she'll earn her high 

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Austin Seppala transferred from MWCC to Northeastern University, where he is 
pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. 

school diploma as well. How did she 
do it? Through dual enrollment. 

Eighteen-year-old Correa discovered 
an interest in science and medicine 
while in middle school. By the time 
she was in high school, she felt ready 
to step up the pace. 

"I felt that I could challenge myself 
more by taking college courses. Dual 
enrollment is a good opportunity to 
get started sooner." 

This fall, she plans to transfer to a 
public or private college or university 
to pursue a bachelor's degree in 
biology, and then continue her goal of 
enrolling in medical school. 

Start near ... Go far! 

Bachelor programs require that 
students fulfill a set of general 
education courses, and community 
colleges are good places to earn these 
credits. MWCC students can take 
these courses and transfer their 
credits to various public and private 
colleges and universities. When 
meeting with a college admissions 
representative, one of the most 
important questions to ask is, "Will 
my credits transfer to another 
institution?" and then ask for a list of 
those schools that accept the credits. 

MWCC has transfer agreements 
with many public and private 
colleges and universities to ensure 
seamless transfer into the four- 
year institutions. One of the newest 
programs at MWCC is "3 + 1," which 
provides associate degree graduates 
with a convenient, cost-effective path 
to a bachelor's degree. 

A 3 + 1 program is a transfer 
agreement that allows students to 
complete the first three years of 
college at MWCC, at MWCC prices, 
before transferring to a bachelor's 
program at a participating private 
college or university. The final year 
can be completed online, at MWCC, 
or on-campus at the four-year school, 
depending on the option selected. 

At MWCC, students can participate 
in 3 + 1 programs with several 
colleges and universities, including 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 
and Health Sciences, Mount Ida 
College, Nichols College and Regis 
College in Massachusetts, as well 
as Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 
Charter Oak State College in 
Connecticut, and Bellevue University 
in Nebraska. 

Students who plan to transfer to 
a Massachusetts state college or 
university may be eligible to transfer 
under the MassTransfer agreement. 
Students who complete an associate 
degree, earn a grade point average 
(GPA) of no less than 2.0, and take 
34 credits of general education 
coursework, are eligible for the 
program. Further, those who earn a 
GPA of 3.0 or higher can save one- 
third off their tuition. 

Transferring from a community 
college is smart way to start college, 
save money and achieve academic 
goals. And, by utilizing the expertise 
of dedicated professors, professionals 
and resources, the process provides 
a smooth transition to a four-year 
institution, especially for graduates 
with an associate degree. 

Alumni Spotlight 

Transfer Student Nick Colello 

Nick Colello of Leominster took a break from academics following high 
school. When he decided to enroll at Mount Wachusett Community College, 
he was determined to not only be successful, but accelerate the pace of i 
college degree, as well. 

"What I loved about the Mount was first of all being able to take summer 
classes and hybrid classes, which allowed me to obtain a two-year degree 
in a year-and-a-half. I also took classes in Leominster, which was very 
convenient for me," says Colello, who graduated from MWCC in December 

"Because I had been out of school for about eight years, I would frequently 
go for tutoring at MWCC, mostly for math. The great thing about the 
Academic Support Center is someone is always there and they're very 
supportive. There is so much support at the Mount. Once you get going, you 
really feel you have the support to make it all the way through." 

After earning his degree in Liberal Studies, Colello transferred to 
Fitchburg State University, where he is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in 
Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in psychology and a concentration in 
sociology and political science. 

"I received a solid foundation. The Liberal Studies program really prepared 
me for all of the Fitchburg State courses. With the science, the math and 
the English requirements in that program, I am now able to really catch 
on and grasp any material that I encounter, whether it's Intro to Cognitive 
Neuroscience or Statistics." 

By maintaining the fast track he began while at MWCC, Colello is on target 
to graduate in December, 2012. He plans to gain career experience while 
continuing on for a master's degree in the social science field. 

- Janice O'Connor 

Where are MWCC Students Going' 

MWCC alumni go on to pursue their 
universities close by and as far away 
most popular transfer schools: 

Anna Maria College 
Assumption College 
Becker College 
Brandeis University 
Clark University 
Fitchburg State University 


bachelors degrees at colleges and 
as Alaska. Here are some of the 

Nichols College 

Saint Joseph's College of Maine 

University of Massachus< 
(Amherst, Boston and Lo< 

Worcester State Coll 

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Don't Give Up! 

How to keep your graduation goal on track 

Just as marathon runners 
aim for the finish line, 
college students plan to 
graduate. Sadly, just as 
the highest percentage 
of runners surrender 
during the middle of a 
race, the United States 
Census Board estimates that one 
in three college students falter 
midway toward graduation. The 
good news is that by identifying and 
reinforcing your reasons for getting 
an education, and identifying 
potential pitfalls and putting plans 
in place to circumvent them, self- 
motivation can keep you from being 
one of them. 

What's your why? 

Rene Godefroy, motivational 
speaker and author of Kiss Your 
Excuses Goodbye: No Condition 
is Permanent, says, "Life is like a 
bicycle. Unless you keep pedaling, 
you'll lose your balance, fall and get 
nowhere. It's important not to lose 
your momentum." He says that in 
order to keep pedaling toward any 
long-term goal, individuals must 
have an emotional, intrinsic driving 
force: a personal "why" that helps 
them persist in short-term goals. 

Jon Gordon, author of The Energy 
Bus and The Seed: Finding Purpose 

and Happiness in Life and Work, 
says, "We don't get burned out 
because of what we do, but because 
we forget why we do it." 

He and Godefroy assert that 
identifying the reasons you want 
to successfully graduate, writing 
your vision down and referencing 
it often, is imperative. Godefroy 
emphasizes that a bland statement 
such as, "I'm going to college to get 
an education and a good job." means 
little. He believes it's important 
to incorporate into your vision 
the personal emotional impact of 
having your degree-freedom from 
financial insecurity, pride in your 
accomplishment, a career you enjoy 
rather than endure unsatisfying 

Motivation busters - and 

Distractions, the biggest motivation 
busters, tempt the most dedicated 
student after the early enthusiasm 
of campus life begins to wane. Small- 
picture pleasures, such as sleeping 
in, watching television or going out 
with friends when you should be in 
class or studying, can ruin your big 
picture future. Identifying external 
and internal distractions and having 
a strategy for keeping them at bay is 

2010 MWCC graduates Sashka Powell and Faheem Muhammad. 

2011 MWCC graduates Justine Thibault and Sonja Olson. 

Surprisingly, says Gordon, close 
family members and friends can 
sometimes be among a student's 
greatest distractions. "They may 
unconsciously be intimidated by 
your desire to change your lot in life, 
thereby encouraging you to take a 
right-now job or a semester off, stay 
up and party or otherwise disparage 
your education." He recommends 
promptly throwing these naysayers 
and energy vampires under the 
wheels of your bus, and actively 
inviting and keeping your mentors 
and cheerleaders aboard. 

He also suggests identifying three 
positive actions that you can take 
each day that will help you toward 
your goal: reviewing class notes, 
studying regularly, visiting a tutor 
or getting a good night's sleep. 
Godefroy agrees with Gordon 
about the importance of selectively 
choosing energy-boosting people and 
activities. "In the end, we'll be most 
proud of those that ultimately gave 
our lives meaning and purpose." 

Gordon warns would-be graduates 
about the dangers of too much 
busyness and stress. Too much of 
these increase Cortisol, the fight- 
or-flight stress hormone that can 
impair cognitive performance, cause 
confusion and forgetfulness and 

"Life is like a bicycle. Unless you keep pedaling, 
you'll lose your balance, fall and get nowhere. It's 
important not to lose your momentum." 

make it difficult to concentrate. He 
says that when overwhelmed, it's 
important to take deep breaths and 
a "thank-you walk." 

"You can't be stressed and grateful 
at the same time," he explains. 
"Exercise is a great stress reliever. 
As you walk, remember with each 
step how lucky you are to get to go 
to college; many others can't. Reflect 
on the many good things in your life. 
You'll relax and your mind will be 
fertile for success." 

Stick to your optimistic story 

Proudly acknowledging each small 
goal you meet-the nights you study 
when you'd rather be out with 
friends, successfully completing 
a paper, a class or semester-can 
help you "keep on keeping on" says 

He believes that each of us chooses 
a story to follow, one in which we are 
a hero or victim. "Heroes are people 
who choose not to be victims but 
victors. They reinforce to themselves 
a dream of a future based on 
positive faith rather than negative 
fear," he says. 

"Sustaining yourself with hope, 
faith and action will increase 
your motivation and nourish your 
commitment to your education. The 
skills you learn and put in place to 
keep you motivated as you pursue 
your education will remain your 
allies as you embark on your new 
career and life." 

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Maintaining Momentum 

Can you stay focused on the big picture? 

The following quiz will help you determine if you know how to harness 
your personal power, reject self-sabotaging behaviors and keep yourself 
motivated toward graduation. 

1. I'm going to college because: 

A. I need a degree to get a good job. 

B. I'll have more freedom and pride in my career, financial and 
personal choices after I complete my education. 

2. Your uncle can get you a job with a decent hourly wage and 
benefits. You should: 

A. Take it. You're tired of being a starving student, and will 
eventually return to your studies. 

B. Stay in school. You made a commitment to graduate and you're 
sticking to it. 

3. Friends invite you to watch movies but you had plans to study 
for an exam. You decide to: 

A. Stay in and study. Your graduation commitment is too important. 
You'll make plans to do something special with your friends when 
your schedule allows for it. 

B. Go for it! College is about good times. What's one night off? You'll 
get up early and hit the books. 

4. You frequently find yourself depleted after meeting with your 
best friend who doesn't seem to be going anywhere. You 
decide to: 

A. Keep the friendship. You owe it to your long-time friend who has 
been there for you for years. 

B. Be mindful of time with your friend and limit it when necessary 
to ensure your priorities are met first. It may be painful, but you 
need all the energy you can muster to keep your graduation goal 
on track. 

Answer Key 

Give yourself one point for each 
correct answer. 

1 -B A degree certainly can bring 
career opportunities, but to keep 
yourself doing the things you need 
to do to graduate, you must identify 
your personal emotional "whys." 

Rene Godefroy says that external 
motivations, such as going to college 
to be with your friends or because 
your parents or spouse insist upon it, 
won't keep you attending classes you 
may not like, enduring instructors 
you find boring and making other 
necessary sacrifices. 

"Each person must take 
responsibility to find within 
themselves their emotional triggers, 
the ones that passionately drive 
them to persevere," says Godefroy. 
Identifying these, writing them down 
and frequently referencing them will 

keep them alive, and help compel you 
to keep working toward graduation. 

2-B The Public Agenda Report 
for The Bill & Melinda Gates 
Foundation, With Their Whole Lives 
Ahead of Them, says that while 65 
percent of students who drop out of 
college plan to return, only about 38 
percent do so. 

The reasons most students fail to 
complete their college credential 
is because they are overwhelmed, 
overextended, underfunded and 
under-prepared. Fifty-four percent 
say they left because they needed to 
work to support themselves or their 
families, and could not balance work 
and classes. 

Godefroy says that recognizing 
financial, mental and emotional 
challenges in advance and putting 
plans in place to meet them-checking 
into securing financial aid or a loan, 

Alumni Spotlight 

Samuel Githinji, RN 

Born in Kenya, Samuel Githinji moved with his family to Massachusetts as 
an adult. He trained to become a Certified Nurse Aid, and while working in 
that capacity in his new hometown of Worcester, Githinji discovered, and then 
pursued, his dream to advance in the medical field by becoming a nurse. 

"Initially, I did not intend to become a nurse, but when I spoke with friends 
who were nurses, I was encouraged and had an interest in it." 

After looking into various options, he chose the nursing program at Mount 
Wachusett Community College. Though a selective program, by excelling in 
his prerequisite math and science courses at MWCC's Gardner, Leominster 
and Devens campuses, Githinji was accepted into the two-year Associated 
Degree Nursing program, which prepared him for licensure to become a 
Registered Nurse. 

"It was a rigorous program, but a great program. I enjoyed every bit of it and 
have recommended it to many friends," says Githinji, who was named to the 
college's Dean's List and became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor 
society. Attending the traditional nurse pinning ceremony, cheered on by 
family and friends, was a moment he'll never forget. "I'm so thankful to the 
professors that we had, like Judy Fredette, who was very, very supportive to 
us. All the professors helped us to succeed. We felt at home." 

His advice to others who wish to stay on track to graduate from college: "They 
need to be focused; they need to hold their mind on the target so they can 
accomplish what they want to achieve. It's gratifying to reach the goal." 

A May 2011 graduate of MWCC, Githinji now works as a hospice care nurse in 
Worcester and plans to pursue his bachelor's degree in nursing in the future. 

"I came to the United States for greater opportunity, and now I'm seeing the 
fruits of my being here. There are so many things I'm grateful for, including 
this. I'm grateful to have been part of the Mount Wachusett community." 

- Janice O'Connor 

setting and adhering to proper 
sleep, work and study schedules, 
and determining the ways you and 
your family and friends will deal 
with the challenge of your college 
commitment-is the smart way to 
begin and stay in school. 

3-A Most of us have heard the 
phrase "The road to hell is paved 
with good intentions." Likewise, 
"The road to failure is paved with 

Jon Gordon says, "Distractions cause 
us to lose our focus. When we allow 
the trivial to get in the way of the 
meaningful, we miss out on achieving 
our truly satisfying goals." 

Certainly make time in your schedule 
for rest and relaxation, but don't 
lose focus on your goal and the 
importance of taking each step 
toward it. When tempted to let your 
studies slide, remember how great 

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you'll feel from getting a good grade 
and how you can only get that feeling 
from hard work and sacrifice-and 
then get to work! 

4-B Gordon and Godefroy agree that 
the people we surround ourselves 
with are a big part of who we 
become. If you wish to be a motivated 
student you must surround yourself 
with other motivated students who 
encourage you to work hard and 
study, and limit your time with those 
who lack direction. 


4-3 points: You're so motivated that 
your diploma is nearly in your hands. 

2-1 points: You are on the right 
track, but a little more motivation 
could help. 

points: If you want to stay in 
motion, you've got to begin moving. 

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Demystifying Enrollment & Financial Aid 

ant to attend 
College, but not 
sure where to 
start? Just follow 
this step-by-step 
list that explains what you'll need to 
do to get started, and how to apply 
for financial aid, as well. 


Admission Application 

Complete an Admission Application 
at Questions 
about applying can be made to the 
Office of Admissions at 978-630-9110 

Submit Supporting Documents 

Supply to Mount Wachusett 
Community College, Office of 
Admissions, 444 Green Street, 
Gardner, MA 01440 admission 
application documentation, 

• Application Fee of $10 

• High School transcript or GED 
Score Report 

• College transcripts 
(if you have any) 

You're In! 

When you are admitted to the 
college, you will receive the 
acceptance letter in the mail!! 

Apply for Financial Aid 

This sounds scary, but it's not! See 
the simple financial aid FAQs on the 
next page. 

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Financial Aid Ryan Forsythe with student Rachel Stillman. 

New Student Welcome and 
College Placement Test 

Attend a New Student Welcome 
Session. At this event, you will 
receive important information 
about enrolling and completing your 
college placement test. Reservations 
for New Student Welcome Sessions 
can be made by calling the Testing 
Center at 978-630-9244. 

Complete an Admission Application 

Questions about applying can be made to 
the Office of Admissions at 978-630-9110 or 

Academic Advising 

Meet with your Academic Advisor. 
To find out when you can meet with 
your advisor, contact the Advising 
Center at 978-630-9109. 

Health Records 

Submit your immunization and 
medical history information to 
Mount Wachusett Community 
College, Health Services, 444 Green 
Street, Gardner, MA 01440. You'll 
hear more about this after you are 

Attend Orientation 

Orientation takes place shortly 
before you start your first 
term. Here you will learn useful 

information that will assist you in 
your first term on campus. 

Ask Questions! 

Questions about enrolling at The 
Mount can be made through the 
MWCC Office of Admissions at 
978-630-9110 or 

Ryan Forsythe helping student Phylicia Duguay. 

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Financial Aid FAQs 

Helping you get the money you need for the 
education you deserve 

At Mount Wachusett 
Community College 
we believe that going 
to college should be 
a destination that 
everyone can reach. 
We also know that not 
everyone has the money 
to get there. Here are some answers 
to some of the most frequently asked 
financial aid questions. 

What is Financial Aid? 

Financial aid is money provided by 
federal, state and college sources to 
help students pay their expenses 
while attending college. Many 
students find it increasingly difficult 
to finance a college education without 
some assistance. In general, all U.S. 
citizens and eligible non-citizens who 
are enrolled in an approved degree 
or certificate program are eligible 
to receive some type of financial 

If I receive financial aid now, do 
I need to pay the money back 

There are many grant and 
scholarship programs available that 
offer "free money" that does not 
have to be repaid. Other financial 
aid programs are in the form of 
low interest loans that do require 
repayment, but only after the student 
has stopped attending school. If you 
apply early, chances are a significant 
amount of your financial need can be 
met with aid that doesn't have to be 

The entire financial aid 
process seems overwhelming 
and confusing. How can I get 
financial assistance if I'm not 
even sure how to apply? 

Applying for financial aid can 
be confusing. At MWCC, many 
workshops are offered to assist 
students with the online application 
process. There is also one-on- 
one assistance available through 
the North Central Educational 
Opportunity Center (NCEOC) located 
at our Leominster Campus. 

I'm not sure I qualify for financial 

aid. Should I complete the Free 
Application for Federal Student 
Aid (FAFSA)? 

Yes, the best way to determine 
what funds you qualify for is by 
completing an application. It doesn't 
cost anything to apply. Financial 
aid removes financial barriers for 
families who cannot afford the cost 
of an education, and also provides 
needed funds for families who can 
afford only a portion of college costs. 
Your financial eligibility will be 
determined by a number of factors 
including family income, the size of 
your family and number of family 
members attending college. 

You can complete a FAFSA online 

Using a PIN to Apply and to Sign 
Your Application. 

Obtain a PIN, an electronic access 
code number that serves as an 
identifier at 

What is a PIN and what is it 
used for? 

It is an electronic access code number 
that serves as your identifier and 
electronic signature. Safeguard your 
PIN as you will use the same PIN 
every year during college. 

Your PIN helps you to: 

• Apply online for federal student aid, 
using FAFSA on the web. 

• "Sign" your application 
electronically and complete the 
student aid process totally online — 
no paper is involved. If you're 

a dependent student and your 
parents have a PIN, they can sign 
the application electronically, as 
well. Signing the application at the 
time you apply means you'll get 
your results faster. 

• Make corrections to your FAFSA. 

• Access your Student Aid Report and 
make corrections to it. 

• Access all your federal student 
aid records online, including any 
federal loan information. 

If you have any questions about the 
PIN process, you should either visit 

the PIN website at or call the 
Federal Student Aid 
Information Center at 
(1-800-433-3243). This is also 
the number to call to check on 
the status of your financial aid 
application. Please allow two to 
four weeks for processing. 

When To Apply 

Now is the time to apply. File as 
soon as you can, even if you are 
unsure about your college plans. 
Meeting financial aid deadlines is 
important, however, even if you have 
missed a deadline, you should still 
apply as soon as you decide to attend 

• If you want to be considered for the 
Mass Grant Program, you must file 
your FAFSA by May 1. 

Missing Information Letter 

Some financial aid applications are 
selected for the verification process 
by the federal processor. For students 
that are required to complete this 
process, a missing information letter 
will be sent to once the MWCC 
Financial Aid Office receives your 
results. It will indicate the forms 

u win need to submit to complete 
your file. A financial aid award 
determination cannot be made 
until all required documents are 

Award Letter 

Award information is made available 
to students 24/7 using the online self 
service system called WebConnect. An 
email is sent to the MWCC student 
email account once the file has been 
reviewed and packaged. 

FAFSA Filing Assistance 

MWCC's Financial Aid Office is offering FAFSA filing workshops in 
conjunction with the Perkins Advisor on the following dates and times: 

Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. 

April 17 and 24 

May 1 and 8 

Advising Center, Room 115, Gardner Campus 

These workshops are open to students and their parents who need 
assistance with filing the 2012-2013 FAFSA forms. 

Please call 978-630-9169 or email to register. 
All workshops will offer hands-on completion of FAFSA on the Web. 
therefore your pre-registration will ensure that there will be a computer 
available for you. 

• Students and parents are encouraged to bring the following: 

• 2011 W2s (student and parent, if applicable) 

• 2011 Federal Tax forms (student and parent, if applicable > 

• Value of assets 

• Federal FAFSA PIN (if available, if not a PIN can be obtained during 
the Workshop) 

The Mass Grant deadline for filing the FAFSA is May 1. 2012. 

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CaeerFocus I Summer 2012 



Work Hard, 

Student life enhances your 
college experience 

By Hannah Adams 

Any student who might 
be thinking "there's 
nothing to do at a 
community college," 
couldn't be more 
mistaken. Whether 
they realize it or not, 
the environment and 
community of the campus, like 
clubs, and events, play a huge role 
in a student's college experience 
and are important accessories to 
every academic program. There is so 
much more than classes that draw 
students to the institutions they are 
attending today. Mount Wachusett 
Community College offers many 
opportunities to find something 
you're good at, can enjoy, and there's 
so much to gain from the experience. 

MWCC's Assistant Dean of 
Students Greg Clement has been 
expanding the student life program 
at MWCC for the past 10 years 
and is passionate in his work to 
aid students' experiences. He and 
his department offer an emerging 
student leaders summer camp, an 
advanced leadership development 
retreat, and a semester long 
"Leadership for Life" program, in 
addition to nearly 30 clubs and 
organizations and a variety of events 
that are always open to all ages. 

"Academics and co-curricular 
activities are a winning combination 
- you can't go wrong," Clement says. 
"And study after study shows that 
students are becoming more aware 
of the importance of a strong co- 
curricular experience." 

The National Center for 
Education Statistics claims that 
extracurricular activities have 

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become as important as schoolwork 
in producing well-rounded, 
confident, successful students. The 
statistics also show that those who 
are involved and participate in some 
aspect tend to see themselves as 
part of the community, do better 
academically, and continue their 
education more than those who do 
not engage in campus activities. It is 
typical that a student will not only 
get involved to make friends and 
build interpersonal skills during 
school, but also to improve their 
lives after graduation. 

Sophomore honors student and 
Art Club President Sarah Adams, 
began her involvement with a 
little encouragement from an art 
professor. "I signed up and from 
there, more opportunities showed 
up and I instantly wanted to join as 
much as I could," Adams says. 

There is no reason for new students 
not to jump in and get occupied with 
something they enjoy. In fact, it 
makes the transition to a change of 
life style much smoother. Freshman 
Kyle Kasabian recently transferred 
to MWCC for a degree in Theatre 
Arts and has already hit the ground 

"I auditioned for Fiddler on the Roof 
because I like the show and being 
on stage. I thought it would help to 
try and get my foot in the door here," 
Kasabian says. He landed a lead 
role in the Theatre at the Mount 
production before the semester even 
started and mentioned that it's nice 
to have something that connects 
him with the college other than his 

Joining clubs and organizations can 
be considered the best way to get 
involved and is often the easiest 
way to meet people and form strong 
connections with others who share 
your interests. College is all about 
the people you meet, experiences 
you have, and memories you make 
along the way. "I want students 
to have a full college experience," 
Clement adds. "This really is the 
time of your life and there are many 
doors to open. Getting involved 
during college can help you get the 
job of your dreams or be successful 

in continuing your education 

Adams has helped out with 
Orientation Day 2012 and is looking 
into joining the Campus Activities 
Team for Students (CATS) and 
Phi Theta Kappa honor society, in 
addition to keeping up her good 
academic standing for the remainder 
of her college career. "Now I know 
where I want to go in life, what I 
want to do, and how I can get there. 
I take opportunities wherever I see 
fit and from this I have gained new 
friends, confidence, jobs, and work 
experience that will take me far." 

There's never 'Nothing to do' 
at MWCC. Get involved! 

There are numerous reasons why 
someone would and should join 
a club or get involved in student 
activities. Now it's up to you to 
decide which path you're going to 
take. "You are the captain of your 
own ship, and you need to guide it in 
the right direction for you," Clement 

If joining an organized club isn't 
something that fits in with your 
schedule or your interests, there 
are plenty of other things to do at 
MWCC. Did you know there was 
a nature trail around the pond? 
How many students are aware of 
the dinosaur tracks to the left of 
the college entrance? Spend some 
downtime exploring the Gardner 
campus. There is always something 
to check out at the East Wing 
Gallery. The Lion's Den Student 
Center acts as the 'living room' to 
the campus and is often bursting at 
the seams. Students hang out there 
and go on the computers, play ping 
pong or foosball, and just interact 
with each other in a relaxing setting. 

The Fitness and Wellness Center 
houses state-of-the-art, user- 
friendly facilities. Stop by and shoot 
some hoops or take a few laps in 
the pool. MWCC students get a 
great membership deal on all the 
equipment and exercise classes 

Even if you don't join a club, there 
is enough of a selection of things 
happening around campus that no 

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MWCC's annual Welcome Back Fall Festival provides students with the opportunity to 
reconnect with friends and meet new ones. 

one should feel left out. "Each event 
has a different purpose that makes 
up all of student life," Clement says. 
And there are always a number of 
students that go to events because 
they get to meet people they wouldn't 
normally interact with during 

There is a high level of connection 
and meaning that comes to those 
who spend time getting involved and 
discovering the community around 
them. "I used to be really shy," Adams 
says. "Now I feel like I can and will 
make a difference for myself and for 
others and I want to strive for the 

There are numerous reasons why 
someone would and should join 
a club or get involved in student 
activities. Now it's up to you to 
decide which path you're going 
to take. 

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Curriculum Clubs: 

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Art Club 

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H t Club 

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nglish as Second Language Club 
e Green Society 
uman Service Club 
gal Studies Group 
arketing Club 

ath and Our Community Club 
edical Assisting and Medical Office Club 
tudent Nurses Association 

Interest and Social Clubs: 

I Active Minds Club 
Campus 4 Christ Club 
Dance Crew 
International Club 
Non-Traditional Student Association 
Otaku United 

PRIDE (People Rising In Defense of Everyone) 
Theatre Club 
Veterans Group 

Honor Societies: 

Alpha Beta Gamma 
Phi Theta Kappa 

Service Organizations: 

Campus Activities Team for Students (CATS) 
iPublications (Student Web Literary Magazine 
Mount Observer (Student Newspaper) 
Student Government Association 

Summer Leadership Camp 

A day camp/institute for new students that is held in August. 

• An opportunity for new students to get a jump start on their first 

• Learn about all the amazing leadership opportunities at MWCC 

• Meet other new students 

• Get to know important college resources and staff 

• Develop new leadership skills 

• Learn how to manage time and get the most out of your college 

• Get important tips on academic success 

• Participate in civic engagement 

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Adult Learners Get the Support They Need 

Whether you're going to college or seeking technical training, the 
NCEOC can help you get there 

The mission of the North 
Central Educational 
Opportunity Center 
(NCEOC) at Mount 
Wachusett Community 
College is to help North 
Central Massachusetts 
adults go to college 
or get vocational training after 
high school. The center actively 
assists participants in the planning 
and implementation of a student 
learning plan, which may include 
high school equivalency preparation, 
English as a Second Language 
courses, technical or professional 
training, and college courses. The 
NCEOC then provides client- 
centered services tailored toward 
meeting the goal of the student's 
learning plan, including assistance 
with applying to the public or 
private college, university or 
vocational school of their choice, 
applying for financial aid, and 
academic and career counseling. 

Annually, the NCEOC program 
serves 1,000 adults living in the 

Assistant Director, Holly Kreidler-Phaneuf helping student Lamar Ford. 

29 cities and towns of North 
Central Massachusetts at MWCC's 
Leominster and Gardner campuses. 
Two-thirds of the participants must 
be income eligible and potential 
first-generation college students. 
The NCEOC is staffed by education 
specialists who understand 

Providing support to students at the North Central Educational Opportunity Center 
are Director Valerie LaPorte; Clerk Yong Saddler; Assistant Director Holly Kreidler- 
Phaneuf and Community Outreach Counselor Kathy Lewis. 

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adult learners' needs. They are 
knowledgeable in admissions and 
financial aid application procedures, 
student loan default prevention 
and rehabilitation, and career 
assessment. Both individual 
counseling and group activities 
provide participants with academic, 
career, and financial preparation. 
Services are available to individuals 
who have discontinued high school, 
left college programs, or who have 
not yet pursued higher education. 

NCEOC was recently awarded 
continuation funding to provide 
adults in the region with targeted 
educational access services through 
a five-year U.S. Department of 
Education TRIO grant. The NCEOC, 
housed within MWCC's Division of 
Lifelong Learning and Workforce 
Development, was created in 
2002 through U.S. DOE funding, 
with additional financial and in- 
kind support from the college. 
Designed to provide support for 
first generation college students 
and those with income challenges, 
Educational Opportunity Center 
programs are one of the nationwide 
TRIO programs created through 
federal legislation nearly 40 years 
ago. TRIO participants represent 
a variety of ethnic and cultural 

"As a federally funded program, 
we are able to help people go to 
school no matter where they want 
to enroll in school, whether it is 
Mount Wachusett, one of the state 

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universities or a career training 
program," says Valerie LaPorte, 
director of the North Central 
Educational Opportunity Center. 
"We've seen a rise in our numbers 
over the last couple of years and a 
lot of that has been generated by 
the unemployment in the region; 
people whose jobs have been shipped 
overseas, or their workplaces have 
closed and they need to retrain. 
We're here to provide career 
counseling and help them determine 
which direction they would like to go 
in based on their interests and what 
they'll need to do to retrain to enter 
their new field of choice." 

New initiatives include additional 
support services to veterans and 
military-connected family members 
and a financial literacy component, 
which will incorporate workshops 
conducted by Leominster Credit 
Union at the Leominster campus 
and workshops conducted by GFA 
Federal Credit Union at the Gardner 

"A college degree or postsecondary 
certificate has never been more 
necessary for success in the global 
economy, and TRIO programs 
will help increase the number of 
people who pursue postsecondary 
education, by helping them learn 
about the admissions process and 
how to find financial aid," U.S. 
Education Secretary Arne Duncan 
stated when announcing the 
national grants in October 2011. 
TRIO and other programs are 
making an essential contribution 
to meeting President Obama's goal 
of having the highest percentage of 
college graduates by the end of the 

For more information or to schedule 
an appointment with the North 
Central Educational Opportunity 
Center, call 978-630-9823 or email: 

Facts and Finds 


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How the Average Family Pays for College 

Most students and parents believe that college 
is an investment in a better future. Sallie Mae, 
the nation's leading provider of student loans, 
partnered with Gallup Polls to find out how 
students and their parents are paying for a 
college education and what kinds of decisions 
they're making when it comes time to choose a 
school. The average family spends about $17,200 
annually on a college education and pays for it 
through a combination of income, grants and 
scholarships and loans. 

Middle-income families making $50,000 to 
$100,000 a year paid an average of $4,340 from 
savings and income {£ 

and $6,380 in parent v}> 

and student loans for a 
college education. 

Students who attended 
two-year public colleges 
had much lower costs, 
with about $2,300 a 
year in contributions 
coming from parents' 
income and savings and 
about $1,700 a year 
from loans. 

Online Learning 

• 24% of all MWCC students take courses 

• 100+ MWCC online courses available 

• 19 MWCC certificate and associate 
degree programs can be completed 
90% online 

Education has evolved with the invention of 
the Internet. Today's students may not have 
to travel further than their own living room, 
office or kitchen table to take a class. Mount 
Wachusett Community College's online courses 
continue to gain in popularity. MWCC began 
offering its first two online courses in fall 1998, 
and now offers more than 100 in a wide range 
of subjects. 

One-quarter of all MWCC students take online 
courses, and nearly nine percent of all MWCC 
students are completing their degree entirely 
online. In addition, 19 of MWCC's degree 
and certificate programs can be completed 
90-percent online. 

According to Dr. Vincent Ialenti, Dean of 
Academic and Institutional Technology at 
MWCC, there is no "typical" online student. 
Often, online courses are more convenient for 
students who have trouble setting a regular 
weekly academic schedule, whether due to 
employment, transportation or child care issues, 
he says. 

Online courses are recommended for students 
with high self discipline. With no actual class 
meetings, it can be tempting to fall behind. 

For maximum success in an online course, it 
is important for students to decide if online 
learning is right for them. Some students thrive 
in an online setting, while some feel more 
comfortable in a traditional classroom setting. 
Blended learning courses, which combine online 
and classroom learning are also available. 

To find out if online courses are right for you, 
simply type in your browser, 
then type in "demo" for the user name and 
password to access a demonstration, participate 
in a discussion board, and see sample syllabi, 
assignments and quizzes. 





Majorly Important 

When choosing a career path, men and women are not as far apart as you 
might guess. There is a lot of overlap in the choice of college majors between 
the sexes-but a few notable differences too. Men still choose engineering and 
computer careers in much larger numbers-both fields in which six-figure 
salaries are commonplace. And women still dominate in English, humanities 
and liberal arts-fields that pay far more modest salaries. Although money isn't 
everything, many college freshmen state that becoming financially well off is 
among their life goals, and the choice of a major can make a big difference in 

Top College Majors 






Health Professions and Clinical Sciences 

Social Sciences and History 

Social Sciences and History 

Engineering and Engineering Technologies 


Visual and Performing Arts 


Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 

Visual and Performing Arts 

Biological and Biomedical Sciences 

Communication and Communication Technologies 

Communication and Communication Technologies 



English Language and Literature/Letters 



Security and Protective Serv 

Source: "Most Popular College Majors for Women" August 10, 2010, 

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By Fagan Forhan 

Service Learning at 
Mount Wachusett 
Community College 
is a win-win for both 
the students and the 
local communities. 
For the student, 
it gives incredible 
opportunities to gain hands-on 
experience, bringing their course 
work to life. For the community, it 
delivers needed service and support 
to North Central Massachusetts. 
Approximately 400 students are 
providing an average of 15,000 
hours each year to the area. The 
students at Mount Wachusett 
Community College are investing 
their time, their energy and 
themselves into our region. While 
the community greatly benefits from 
the service the students provide, the 
greatest beneficiary may actually be 
the students themselves. Why? Plain 
and simple, job readiness. 

The benefits of service learning 
to a student are numerous, and 
are consistent with the mission 
principles of MWCC, including 
high quality education, innovative 
curriculum and personalized 
support. Through working with 
diverse populations, the functional 
learning reinforces the material 
being taught in the classroom 
in a way that often "clicks" for 
students. It allows them to make 
meaningful contributions to our 
community, bolstering their self- 
confidence, developing their critical 
thinking skills and broadening their 
perspective. In turn, these practical 
skills acquired "on the job" are 
attractive to future employers. 

It also allows a student to "try- 
on" a career, either confirming 
or eliminating academic choices 
before a degree is awarded. In this 
way, service learning also provides 
guidance and experience for future 
career decisions, and can be used 
as work experience on a student's 
resume or transfer application. 

Additionally with their area roots, 
service learning experiences can 

Students in an Introduction to Sociology course participated in an optional service learning component with Habitat for 
Humanity, North Central Massachusetts in March 2011. Pictured from left, Stephanie Coulombe, Renee Chandler and Kersten 
Coull, with Associate Professor of Psychology & Sociology Julie Capozzi. 

provide opportunities for students to 
network locally with professionals in 
a selected field, reinforce soft skills 
needed in any field, and potentially 
lead to career opportunities 
right here in North Central 
Massachusetts after graduation. 

Nonprofits, as beneficiaries of 
service learning, are putting 
students "to work" in numerous 
ways including: 

• Fundraising and development 

• Marketing and communications 

• Program and service delivery 

• Administrative support 

• Financial management and 

• Technology and information 

Through experiences like these, 
where our students are put into 
professional capacities, job skills are 
refined and sharpened. Students 
learn useful skills like time 
management, collaboration, problem 

Jon Skinner and Noah Ciccoine were among a group of Computer Graphic Design 
students who designed the image for an MWCC wind turbine t-shirt, unveiled at the 
turbine dedication ceremony in 2011. The CGD club raised $1,900 for student schol- 
arships through the t-shirt sales. 

solving and effective communication. 
Our students rise to the occasion 
regularly, demonstrating again and 
again that they are ready to meet 
the challenges and show that they 
can contribute to our community in 

a meaningful way. Many employers 
will say that technical skills can be 
taught, but it is these types of soft 
skills that set students apart from 
other candidates when hiring. 


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Flexible Program Options to Suit 
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Mount Wachusett Community College offers a wide variety of courses in many study areas. You can choose from day, evening and online courses and attend 
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Dental Hygiene 


Earth Science 


Early Childhood Education 








Energy Management 


English as a Second Language 

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Health Sciences 






Human Services 









Interdisciplinary Studies 


Medical Assisting 


















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Natural Resources 






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Political Science 









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What's New for You? 

Programs for those interested in health, broadcasting, public safety 
and automotive technology careers 





By Janice O'Connor 

New Program Options 

New academic opportunities have 
been added to the 40-plus degree 
and certificate programs offered 
at Mount Wachusett Community 
College. These include new 
concentrations in the Broadcasting 
and Electronic Media program, a 
new Dental Assisting certificate 
program offered at night, revisions 
to the Fire Science Technology 
program that now align it with 
the National Fire Academy, and an 
Automotive Technology partnership 
with General Motors. 

New Broadcasting 

The Broadcasting and Electronic 
Media program at MWCC prepares 
students for careers in broadcasting, 
video/film, audio engineering, 
professional photography 
and related industries. New 
concentrations in audio engineering, 
photography and video/film were 
recently created to provide students 
with additional academic and career 

"Ever since I was 10 years old, I 
have pretty much been obsessed 
with video and photography and 
sound," says Broadcasting and 
Electronic Media major Tifnanie 
LeBlanc of Gardner. "So being able 
to pursue concentrations in all three 
areas is perfect for me." 

Television production courses offer 
training for positions in video 
and film studios, field production, 
editing, directing and producing 
in fully equipped studios. And no 
other public college or university 
in Massachusetts offers as much 
training for a career in audio 
production in the television, 
video or film industries. There's 
also advanced course options in 
music recording and mixing. The 
new photography concentration 
offers courses in digital, portrait, 
commercial and studio photography, 
as well as photo compositing. 

Dental Assisting 

In January, MWCC launched a 
new 15-month certificate program 
in Dental Assisting. The new part- 
time, evening credit program at 
the Fitchburg campus prepares 

Broadcasting & Electronic Media major Tiffianie LeBlanc, with Media Services 
Director Art Collins, is earning credentials in all three program concentrations. 

students for dental assisting 
board certification and for careers 
assisting dentists and other 
technicians, including dental 
hygienists, dental therapists and 
dental technicians. Dental assistants 
are responsible for patient care as 
well as office and laboratory duties, 
including preparing patients for 
treatment, sterilizing and organizing 
instruments, passing instruments 
during a procedure, and obtaining 
and checking dental records. 
Students interested in continuing 
their studies to earn an associate 
degree in dental hygiene can apply 
some credits from the certificate 

Fire Science Technology 

Fire fighters and those interested 
in this public safety career are 
turning to MWCC's newly revised 
Fire Science Technology program, 
which last fall became aligned with 
the national Fire Academy's Fire 
and Emergency Services Higher 
Education (FESHE) initiative. 
MWCC's associate degree program 
was one of the first in the country 
to be accepted into the NFA's new 
FESHE Institutional Recognition 
and Certificate Program, which 
recognizes two-year institutions that 
follow the NFA's model curriculum. 

North Central Massachusetts 
fire chiefs and other officials who 
serve on MWCC's Fire Science 
Advisory Board actively pursued 
the designation and MWCC's new 
affiliation with FESHE, which 
now aligns the college's associate 
degree program with the national, 
standardized curriculum advocated 
by the NFA, a division of the U.S. 
Fire Administration. 

Geared toward those already 
working in the field, as well those 
interested in pursuing a fire 
science career, the program can 
be completed entirely online or 
in combination with on-campus 
courses. The program includes 
FESHE's six-course model core 
curriculum. An additional seven 
courses are incorporated into the 
program as required or elective 

As part of the new program, 
students completing FESHE 
courses will receive certificates of 
accomplishment from the NFA. 
Students pursuing the associate 
degree also have the option of 
transferring credits toward a 
bachelor's degree. 

Automotive Technology 

General Motors, one of the world's 
largest automotive manufacturers, 
and MWCC established a new 
automotive technology degree 
program in fall 2011 that prepares 
students to become GM certified 

In the two-year GM Automotive 
Service Educational Program (GM 
ASEP), students earn an associate 
degree through a combination of 
classroom instruction and hands- 
on experience through paid co-op 
training at ACDelco certified repair 
centers or GM dealerships. Students 
receive advanced automotive 
technical training in combination 
with a strong academic foundation 
in math, electronics and analytical 

The GM ASEP program represents a 
long-term commitment that General 
Motors has made to help dealers 
recruit and train motivated and 
qualified entry-level technicians 
to work on the corporation's line of 
Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC 

As a partner college, MWCC 
received vehicles, components, 
tools, and training materials, as 
well as expertise from GM trained 
instructors and other support 
services. Local dealerships and 
ACDelco Total Service Support (TSS) 
centers that sponsor the student 
interns receive the opportunity to 
train their own technicians, reduce 
recruitment costs over the long term, 
retain technicians and strengthen 
shop involvement in the community. 

In addition to the GM ASEP 
program, MWCC continue? to offer 
its traditional automotive technology 
associate degree and certificate 

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CareerFocus I Summer 201 ', 

Summer Fun 
Yes, Studies! 

By Hannah Adams 

awy students get a 
head start on their 
degree by taking some 
catch up classes at 
Mount Wachusett 
Community College 
between summer jobs 
and hitting the beach. 
Finishing up a college degree can be 
stressful enough. Applying to grad 
schools or jobs, packing up, moving - 
it's a whole lifestyle change. Trying 
to cram in all the classes and credits 
you need to graduate should not 
be on the top of that list. A number 
of colleges and universities in 
Massachusetts recognize MWCC 
as a reliable resource for those 
students struggling to get their 
diploma on time. 

"It is a perfect opportunity for 
students to catch up if they're 
behind a course or two in terms 
of their educational planning," 
says MWCC Associate Dean of 
Enrollment Services Glenn Roberts. 
"It is also a wonderful opportunity if 
students want to finish their degrees 
sooner than is expected." 

Athol's Allie Boucher, a senior 
finishing her double major in Math 
and Psychology at Westfield State 
University, turned to MWCC to 
lighten her workload during her 
final year. "It was a really smooth 
transition. I signed up for the class, 
took the class, and then sent my 
transcript to Westfield," Boucher 
says. "I had to check if the credits 
would transfer beforehand, but they 
did and it was easy." 

MWCC staff are always available 
to assist students with transfer 
questions and course selection. 
Roberts emphasizes that it is 
important for students to check with 
their home college or university 
before registering for a summer 
class. "Once a course is approved, 
special attention should be placed 
upon grade requirements. Once 
students successfully complete their 
summer courses, they can simply 
request that an official, free MWCC 
transcript be sent to their home 

Jeremy Bednard graduated from 
Fitchburg State University with a 
Biology degree in May 2011 thanks 
to the credit boost he received by 
taking the summer Cell Biology 
course at MWCC's Devens campus. 
"That allowed me to graduate in 
spring 2011 instead of fall 2011. If 
I hadn't taken this course, I would 
have had to go to Fitchburg for 
another semester just to take one 
class," Bednard explains. 

Boucher's summer Child 
Development class at MWCC not 
only helped her academically, but 
financially as well. Often, students 
choose to take advantage of how 
inexpensive MWCC is compared to 
taking the same class at their home 

More than 2,000 students were 
enrolled in courses last summer 
at MWCC. Approximately 150 
students from various colleges and 
universities in New England used 
this affordable course transfer 

Summer courses and spring and 
winter intersession courses are more 
general in nature, which nearly all 

Top 10 Summer 2011 Courses 

Anatomy and Physiology II 
Computer Technologies 
English Composition I 
English Composition II 
Fitness and Wellness 
Foundations of Algebra II 
Intro to Psychology 
Topics in Math 

students need to take, and are easily 
transferable from school to school 
to meet core requirements. Some of 
the most popular summer courses 
include lab sciences, math courses, 
a wide variety of business courses, 
computer courses, English or 
speech, and a variety of humanities 
and social science electives, Roberts 
says. "We offer a wide variety of 
good, solid, transferable summer 
courses for students wishing to 

Boucher agrees and stands by the 
education she received at MWCC, 
even for the short duration. "I loved 
it! The class was awesome, it was 
a lot of information to take in five 
weeks, but it was fantastic. The 
professor was great and it was very 
convenient for me." 

For more summer course listings, 

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Discover the many educational opportunities that Mount Wachusett 
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you are a first time student, seeking skills for a second career, looking 
to transfer credits, or want to attain an education without breaking the 
bank — MWCC is for you. With over 40 degree and certificate programs, 
as well as over 100 online course options, you just can't go wrong. And 
did we mention affordability? There is no better educational value in the 
area for such a low cost and with such flexibility. 

Associate Degrees 

Accounting Concentration* 

Allied Health Concentration* 

Art — Professional 

Art — Traditional Program 

Audio Engineering Concentration* 

Automotive Technology 

Automotive Technology — General Motors 


Broadcasting & Electronic Media 

Business Administration — Career 

Business Administration — Transfer 

Clinical Laboratory Science 

Communications Track* 

Complementary Health Care 

Computer Graphic Design — Print 

Computer Graphic Design — Web Design 

Computer Information Systems 

Criminal Justice — Corrections 

Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement 

Dental Hygiene 

Early Childhood Education — Career 
Early Childhood Education — Transfer 
Elementary Education Track* 
Energy Management 
Fire Science Technology 
Fitness Leadership & Exercise 

Science Track* 
General Studies 

History & Political Science Track* 
Human Services 
Liberal Arts & Sciences 
Manufacturing Technology — Plastics 
Medical Assisting 
Natural Resources 

Paralegal Studies 
Photography Concentration* 
Physical Therapist Assistant 
Pre-Engineering Track* 
Theatre Arts Track* 
Video/Film Concentration* 
Yoga Teacher Training Concentration* 

Certificate Programs 


Allied Health 

Automotive Technology 


Business Administration 

Complementary Health Care 

Computer Graphic Design — Print 

Computer Graphic Design — Web Design 

Dental Assisting 

Energy Management 

Human Service Technician 

IT Support Specialist 

Law Enforcement 

Medical Coding & Billing 

Medical Office 

Office Assistant 


Practical Nurse 

Professional Photography 

Small Business Management 

Other Options 

3+1 Baccalaureate Degree Completion Option 
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate 

of Completion 
English as a Second Language Courses 
Honors Program 
Nurse Assistant Courses 
Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion 
Radiologic Technologist Articulation Agreement 

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Automotive Technology- 

—General Motors 

Dental Assisting 

Fire Science Technology 

(now FESHE certified) 

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